Bulahdelah awaiting reopening of key campgrounds

Image by Big4 River Myall Holiday Resort
Image by Big4 River Myall Holiday Resort

LATEST NEWS 17.04.24

Freedom camp, Bulahdelah Lions Park – Council have advised us today that it is closed until further notice. 

The park is maintained by the Lions Club and open to self contained RVs for 72 hours. There is a donation box for the Lions at this pet friendly site.


Bulahdelah campgrounds, NSW have now more choice with reopened camping at the Showgrounds as of Thursday, December 20, 2023. Council have specified a set price per site, per night of $22.50, and the good news is that tent camping camping is now allowed, too! 

It was almost three years ago the showgrounds and Lions Park were closed, we are told awaiting approval from Crown Lands. 

Lions Park has been fenced off, but the community are hoping for news on this riverside free camp, soon. 

The showground has limited powered sites, available on a first come, first served basis. You can pay via a QR code or the honesty box. No pre-bookings are available. Maximum stay is 3 days, similar to before the closure.

With tent camping, preference for these sites is around or near the shower block area, due to the placement of water pipes on the grounds.

Works are in play to have more sealed surfaces available for RVs in wet weather. 

Contact details have been updated,  you can email about camping at Bulahdelah Show Society at 


14 March, 2021 update

The last time we were Bulahdelah, we were very impressed. Here was a town that had been bypassed by the Pacific Highway – yet, there were caravans everywhere! 

Set on the beautiful Myall River with mountainous backdrop, the town boasts beautiful picnic areas, 4 free/budget camps and a caravan park. Instead of businesses suffering from the bypass, by offering a range of accommodation for RV travellers, their tourism flourished. 

However two campgrounds are still temporarily closed. 

Bulahdelah Lions Park

Bulahdelah Lions Park 

This riverside park is NSW site 91 in CAMPS 11. It is currently a donation site, pet friendly for self contained RVs and camper trailers, big rigs with BBQs, water, views and a boat ramp. It has a 72 hour limit. 

Bulahdelah Showgrounds

Bulahdelah Showground

The showground is currently shut also (NSW site 90). We are asking council for clarification.

However you can still camp at:

Bulahdelah Golf Club

Bulahdelah Golf Club

This donation site (NSW 92) is for overnight stays and self contained vehicles. Pets are allowed.

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

Site 93 in Bulahdelah is also pet friendly, with toilets and showers. This is a budget parking area and powered sites are available. 

River Myall Holiday Resort

Big4 River Myall Holiday Resort

Pet and family friendly, this caravan park (NSW site 89 in our Caravan Parks 5 book) is centrally located with playground, jumping pillow, pool, games room and all the features of a modern caravan park.

All of these sites are also found in our Camps Australia Wide App. 

Here’s an update from council: 

Recognising the environmental sensitivity of Bulahdelah’s Lions Park camping site, MidCoast Council is undertaking a review to better formalise and adequately service the site.

While Lions Park, Bulahdelah is currently closed to camping, MidCoast Council is fully intending to reopen the site for travellers in the future.

Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell, has confirmed a process of formalising camping options at Lions Park is currently underway.

Initially closed as a result of COVID-19, the free camping area has remained closed while Council works through formalising the site and ensuring it is adequately serviced.

“The park is in an environmentally sensitive location on the Myall River, so it is important we take this opportunity to look at providing amenities for those who use the site,” Mr De Szell explained.

The Myall River feeds into the Myall Lake system which is a RAMSAR listed wetland with very significant ecology.

Also under consideration are restrictions to the length of time campers can call Lions Park home, with it being restricted to short stays of in the order of 48-72 hours.

Being able to comply with COVID rules for registration is also part of the picture, however the site also lacks a formal approval as a camping site.

“We are working through this with the local Lions Club to ensure that all appropriate approvals are in place so that the facility can reopen for the travelling community.”

Mr De Szell said while there are no definite timeframes for reopening the site at this point, there is a strong commitment to do so.

“We are fully committed to reopening the site when the appropriate approval framework is in place and all environmental and health risks are managed.”


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